Fr. Andrew joined a number of Boca Raton faith leaders to condemn the anti-Muslim statements made by Donald Trump. Below is the statement released on Thursday, December 10 and signed by the participating faith leaders.
We, clergy and leaders of the Boca Raton faith community, condemn the recent words which propose to block Muslims from entering the United States.
America is founded and functions as a constitutional democracy which protects religious freedom. A plan that denies people of any particular religion entry to our country is contrary to our values as a nation. We are a nation that respects human rights and pluralism. We condemn language of bigotry and incitement.
As people of faith, we know many of our ancestors have had their own experiences with discrimination and hatred. We learn from our history as a nation of immigrants, that people have the right to live and celebrate their religion as they choose, in peace and with respect for others. We have seen the horror brought on by religious persecution, violence, and stereotyping. We condemn this.
We pray for the safety of our community and encourage all our people to avoid spreading fear, hatred, and bigotry against our Muslim neighbors and all people who desire lives of respect and peace. We are a people unified by our diversity; it shall make us stronger, and shall not divide. We look forward to a day when all people will live side by side in peace and with security.
As we celebrate our various holy days and festivals in this season, let us not forget that we are all created in the image of God and learn to live our lives with that awareness.
With wishes for peace in our hearts, our community and in our world.
Bassem Alhalabi, Islamic Center of Boca Raton
The Rev. Richard Barbour, Advent Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Marci Bloch, Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Jessica Brockman, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Josh Brodie, Boca Raton Jewish Experience
Pastor Robert L. Endruschat, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi David Englander, B’nai Torah Congregation. Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Craig Ezring, Temple Beth Israel, Deerfield Beach, FL
The Rev. Dr. Andrew D. Hagen, Advent Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, FL
Father Steven Klunds, St. Marks Greek Orthodox Church, Boca Raton, FL
Father Mark Leondis, St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church, Boca Raton,
Rabbi Dan Levin, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL
Rev. Andrew Sherman, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Robert Silvers, Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi David Steinhardt, B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton, FL
Rev. Tom Tift, First United Methodist Church, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Greg Weisman, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, FL
Rev. Marcus Zillman, First United Methodist Church, Boca Raton, FL